Vol. 20, No. 19; Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

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The dates for the Oahe Days celebration in Pierre have been changed to June 18-20. The dates we listed in the Update last week (June 25-27) were incorrect.

So Oahe Days will be taking place the same weekend that the state high school finals rodeo is being held in Fort Pierre.

Blake Paxton advises that the Buckin’ on the River event will be a two-night event this year (June 19-20). Competing in the arena near the Legion cabin on the riverfront will be 20 bullriders, 15 ranch bronc riders and 10 bull poker players each night.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Friday, home vs. Watertown, 5:00, and Huron, 7:00; Saturday, at Mitchell invitational, 10:00; Tuesday, at Brandon Valley, 6:00.
Gymnastics—Saturday, home invitational, noon.
Girls basketball—Thursday, home vs. Mitchell, 7:00; Saturday, at Thunder Basin, Gillette, 5:30; Tuesday, home vs. Douglas, 7:00.
Boys basketball—Thursday, at Mitchell, 7:00; Saturday, at Thunder Basin, Gillette, 7:00.

Wrestling: At the Mid-Dakota Monster tournament in Presho, Regan Bollweg, Blake Judson and Jack Van Camp won individual championships. Cade Hinkle and Preston Taylor reached championship matches and finished second. In all 18 Pierre wrestlers placed in the tournament, and Pierre won the team title.

Gymnastics: Mikah Moser won each of the individual events in a home triangular, and the Governors were first with a 134.200 score, just a fraction ahead of Aberdeen’s 134.150. At the Brookings invitational the girls were seventh with a 131.95 score.

Girls basketball: Pierre lost to both Rapid City schools, including an 81-46 loss to unbeaten Stevens on Friday. Then the girls lost in overtime to Central, 50-47, losing a seven-point lead with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Remi Price scored 13 for Pierre, which now has a 4-5 record.

Boys basketball: The Governors won for the first time this season Tuesday at Sturgis, 60-53, as Lincoln Kienholz scored 28 points and Grey Zabel 17. Over the weekend Pierre lost to Rapid City Stevens, 51-46, as Zabel scored 14, and lost to Rapid City Central, 57-48, as Kienholz had 13 points and Zabel 12. The Govs played the Central and Sturgis games without Paul Adam, who missed because of illness.

SDHSAA Fall Academic Achievement Awards: boys golf team, girls soccer team, girls cross country team, boys cross country team, competitive dance team, All-State Chorus, competitive cheer team, girls tennis team, football team, oral interpretation team, volleyball team, football cheerleaders, All-State Orchestra.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, at Potter County invitational.
Gymnastics—Saturday, at Madison invitational.
Boys basketball—Thursday-Friday-Saturday, at Jones County invitational (quarterfinal pairings: Stanley County-Kadoka, White River-Bennett County, Lyman-Philip, Jones County-Colome).
Girls basketball—Next game Jan. 23 at Sully Buttes.

SDHSAA Fall Academic Achievement Awards: football team, girls cross country team, volleyball team, football cheerleaders, All-State Chorus.

Gymnastics: At the home invitational Saturday the SCHS girls placed sixth of six teams with a 114.35 score. Hot Springs was the team champion.

Girls basketball: The SCHS girls are 0-10 after three losses this week—51-50 to McLaughlin, 49-37 to Platte-Geddes at the Redfield Classic and 63-28 to Potter County. In the game at Redfield, Karley Leafgreen had 14 points and Mattie Duffy 12.

Wrestling: At the Mid-Dakota Monster tournament in Presho the Buffaloes were 13th with 76 team points. Chad Hanson placed fifth in his weight class, Reid Wieczorek sixth, Dylan Endres sixth and Sydney Tubbs seventh.

Boys basketball: In their only game last week the Buffaloes lost to McLaughlin, 73-70. The record is now 4-4.


This week’s schedules:
Girls basketball—Thursday, home vs. Miller; Saturday, Viborg-Hurley at Parkston; Tuesday, at Timber Lake.
Boys basketball—Thursday, at Miller; Saturday, Viborg-Hurley at Parkston; Tuesday, at Timber Lake.
Wrestling–Saturday, at Potter County invitational; Tuesday, at Mobridge-Pollock round-robin.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls lost to Highmore-Harrold, 52-46, despite 17 points from Kendra Kleven and 13 from Ally Wittler. Sully Buttes then beat James Valley Christian, 49-31, as Kleven scored 20 and Jill Hofer 16 points. The girls are now 3-3.

SDHSAA Fall Academic Achievement Awards: volleyball team, football cheerleaders, girls cross country team.

Boys basketball: Two more wins last weekend lifted the Charger boys to a 5-1 record, the only loss being an overtimer against Lyman to open the season. SBHS whipped Highmore-Harrold, 57-42, as Nick Wittler scored 33 and Grant Johnson nine. The Chargers then defeated James Valley Christian, 63-35, as Wittler scored 18, Johnson 15 and Jett Lamb 10.


10 days: Grammy awards, CBS (Jan. 26).
17 days: Super Bowl LIV (Feb. 2).
18 days: Iowa caucuses (Feb. 3).
19 days: State of the Union address (Feb. 4).
21 days: State one-act play festival, Sioux Falls (Feb. 6-8).
24 days: Oscars, ABC (Feb. 9).
26 days: New Hampshire primary (Feb. 11).
29 days: State gymnastics meet, Aberdeen (Feb. 14-15).
37 days: Nevada caucuses (Feb. 22).
42 days: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 27-29).
44 days: South Carolina primary (Feb. 29).
44 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 29-March 3).
47 days: Super Tuesday primaries (March 3).
47 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical, “Frozen Jr.” (March 3, 5).
50 days: State girls hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 6-8).
51 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 7-10).
52 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 8).
55 days: NAIA Div. 2 men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
56 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Spearfish (March 12-14).
57 days: State boys hockey tournament, Sioux Falls (March 13-15).
61 days: Arizona, Florida, Illinois primaries (March 17).
63 days: State “B” boys basketball tournament, Aberdeen (March 19-21).
63 days: State “A” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Rapid City (March 19-21).
63 days: State “AA” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 19-21).
63 days: State visual arts, Sioux Falls (March 19-21).


Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost two of three at home to Cincinnati, losing 4-1, winning 5-2 and losing 6-2. After hosting Wichita last night, the Rush go to Indiana Friday and to Cincinnati Saturday and Sunday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd split with Lincoln, losing 5-3 and winning by the same score. Sioux Falls is home Friday and Saturday vs. Sioux City.

North Dakota: The top-ranked Fighting Hawks split with Omaha, losing 6-3 and winning 4-1. Now 17-2-2, UND goes to Miami (Ohio) Friday and Saturday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings split the weekend with Bismarck, losing 6-4 and winning 7-4, then beat Minot in a 4-3 shootout. The Wings are home Friday and Saturday vs. St. Cloud.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Calgary, 2-1; lost to Vancouver, 4-1, and lost to Pittsburgh, 7-3. They are home Thursday vs. Tampa Bay, Saturday vs. Dallas to climax Hockey Day Minnesota, Monday vs. Florida and Wednesday vs. Detroit.

Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls were defeated by Aberdeen, 13-1. Jenna Keyser scored the Caps’ goal. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 44 saves among Aberdeen’s 57 shots on goal. Oahe then won over Rushmore, 5-4, as Jessa McTighe scored twice, and Kaitlyn Swenson the game-winner, Adisyn Gray one goal and Olivia Swenson one goal. Stewart-Fromm had 18 saves as the girls improved their record to 2-5-0. The girls play at Mitchell at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and at Sioux Falls at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The boys split a pair of SDAHA weekend games. In a 5-4 loss to Huron, the Capitals were down 3-0 but tied the game with a three-goal second period before losing in the third period. Elliot Leif had a hat trick, and Jaden Flor added a goal. Kieran Duffy made 21 saves. In a 5-2 win over Aberdeen Caden Davis scored twice, and Andrew Gordon, Ryan Wedin and Clay Ambach each scored once. Riley Briggs in goal made 23 saves. The boys play at Mitchell at 8 p.m. Saturday.


27 days: Twins pitchers/catchers report (Feb. 12).
36 days: First Twins spring-training game (Feb. 21).
70 days: Twins season opener at Oakland (March 26).
131 days: Pierre Trappers season opener vs. Sioux Falls (May 26).

Pierre Trappers: Anthony Fidanza, who pitched with Pierre in the first year of the Expedition League in 2018, will return for 2020. He is now at Southern University. His hometown is Zachary, La.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force won at Capital City, 106-90. Sioux Falls plays at Northern Arizona Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves beat Portland 116-102, lost to Houston 139-109, and lost to Oklahoma City 117-104. After hosting Indiana last night, Minnesota goes to Indiana Friday, back home against Toronto Saturday and Denver Monday and to Chicago next Wednesday.


Thursday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, UND at SDSU.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, USD at NDSU (MSN2).
Friday, 5:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Northern at Augustana.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Northern at Augustana.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Women’s basketball, SDSU at USD.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: Men’s basketball, UND at NDSU (MSN2).
Sunday, 2 p.m.: Women’s basketball, UND at NDSU (MSN2).
Sunday, 3:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball, SDSU at USD.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Men’s basketball, NDSU at SDSU.


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings lost in the divisional round of the playoffs at San Francisco, 27-10, and it didn’t seem that close. Minnesota was 10-6 in the regular season and went 1-1 in the playoffs, winning at New Orleans and losing at San Francisco. The Vikings were held to a grand total of 21 rushing yards.

NFL games on TV this weekend:
— AFC championship, Tennessee at Kansas City, 2 p.m. Sunday, CBS.
— NFC championship, Green Bay at San Francisco, 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Fox.

College football update:
— NDSU 16-0: Beat James Madison 28-20 in the FCS national championship game at Frisco, Texas. It was the eighth national title in the last nine seasons for the Bison and their 37th straight win. James Madison had a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, but a false start set them back to a first-and-goal at the 6, and they had to throw for it. That pass was intercepted at the goalline and returned to safety. One kneel-down and the Bison were champs again.

Sept. 5: at Oregon
Sept. 12: Drake
Sept. 19: North Carolina A&T
Sept. 26: at Northern Iowa
Oct. 3: Illinois State (homecoming)
Oct. 10: at Indiana State
Oct. 17: South Dakota State
Oct. 24: Youngstown State
Oct. 31: at Missouri State
Nov. 14: North Dakota
Nov. 21: at South Dakota
(Note: In 2021 NDSU’s non-conference games will be home vs. Albany, home vs. Valparaiso and at Towson (Md.). In 2022 the first non-conference game will be at Arizona.)

Sept. 5: UT-San Antonio
Sept. 12: Texas
Sept. 19: Rice (at Houston NRG Stadium)
Sept. 26: Mississippi
Oct. 3: Nicholls State
Oct. 10: at Florida
Oct. 17: at Arkansas
Oct. 24: Mississippi State
Nov. 7: Alabama
Nov. 14: South Carolina
Nov. 21: at Auburn
Nov. 28: at Texas A&M


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The tour resumes in Hawaii at the Mitsubishi tournament Thursday through Saturday.


Thursday, Jan. 16:
John Hamilton, Cheryl (Wire) Stierna, Andrew Tople, Ashley Denton, Wendy Carroll, Tristan Bryant, Helen Dutt, Anne Denton, Kate (Wylie) Berreth, Tennile (Asmussen) Lindskov, Brad Wedeking, Jacki (Parlin) Wicker, Kelli (Snow) Rohrer, Samuel Lechtenberg.
— 4th anniversary, Derrick/Jenny (Hallenbeck) Orr.

Friday, Jan. 17:
Jerry Hofer, Nolan Merrill, Anthony Zebroski, Shanna Payne, Karen Lindbloom, Scott Hofer, Jamie (Gannaway) Heymans, Lauretta Dimmick, Kyle McKeever, Sherri Sundem Wald, Valerie (Fanger) Marso, Sara (Kindopp) Gloe, Stacy Mercer.

Saturday, Jan. 18:
Robbin Paxton, Cody Cruse, Cody Henrichsen , Kaden Parsons, Kaden Kampfe, Twila Dockter, Rick LaFurge, Tyson Lindekugel, Leann Weischedel, Jonathan Moe.

Sunday, Jan. 19:
Becky (Barringer) Hoffman, Karla Baus, Darin Hausmann, Destiny Garber, Noah Wright, Caren (Howard) Huxford, Chandra Schoenhard, Barbara Crandell-Miller, Lane Hawkins, Allen Hiller, Fletcher Delvo, Martha Nystrom, Jake Vogel, Clint Fouts.

Monday, Jan. 20:
Eleni Wright, Andrea (Miller) Baker, Ryan Anderson, Amber Kelley, DeNeil (Hosman) Taylor, Greg Chapin, Steve West, Katie Bartel, Jason Richards, Dorinda Timmons, Sue (Brink) Joachim, Kirsten Wilcox, Austyn Norman, Kaitlin Thomas, Lucas Stoeser, Kathy (Walker) Blackburn.
— 2nd anniversary, Allen/Sarah (Zellmer) Johnson.

Tuesday, Jan. 21:
Becky Thompson, Parker Parsons, Mary (Jordre) Jensen, Daniall Deis, Isaac Heymans, Pam Steece, Monte Pullman, Justin Artz, Doug Paxton, Nathanial Sprenkle.
— 17th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.

Wednesday, Jan. 22:
Dustin Boes, Mark Venner, Paula Adam-Burchill, Mark Sweetman, Charis (Fouts) Blanchette, Matt Boyer, Mike Schuh, Maddox Dokken, Jason Sulzle, James Neil Watson, Tracy Roberts, Brian Thompson, Burkelee Kenefick-Ashchoff, Jon Boer, Bob Joachim.
— 10th anniversary, Rob/Angela Miller.

Thursday, Jan. 23:
Jan Hartland, Peyton Zabel, Derk Campbell, Eric James, Heidi Jennings, Melissa (Moore) Flottmeyer, Adam Johnson, Erica Flyger.


“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.”

— Joseph Joubert


South Dakota State swimming (Caleb Huizenga, Ashley Theobald): After a long hiatus the Jacks finally resume their season at St. Cloud State Saturday.

Indoor track/field: After long holiday breaks the indoor teams resume their seasons this weekend. BHSU (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Frank Becker, Allan McDonnell) and School of Mines (Erik Colman, Theron Singleton) go to Chadron State’s meet Saturday. SDSU (Addy Eisenbeisz) and USD (Maddy McClure) go to NDSU’s meet Saturday. Northern (Rachel Guthmiller) competes at Jamestown Saturday. Augustana (Elizabeth Schaefer) goes to Minnesota State-Mankato’s meet Friday.

Colorado Mines women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Orediggers beat Adams State, 79-36, as Liz was 4-of-8 in field goals (1-of-4 in threes) and 1-of-1 in free throws for 10 points with three rebounds, five assists and four steals. In a 64-55 loss to Fort Lewis, she was 2-of-12 (0-of-6) and 2-of-2 for six points with three assists and three rebounds. Now 8-6, Colorado Mines comes to South Dakota this weekend to play at Mines Friday and at BHSU Saturday.

Lindenwood men’s hockey (Coleman Varty): The Lions won twice over Missouri State, 5-2 and 4-0. Now 13-5-0, Lindenwood goes to Robert Morris (Ill.) Friday and Saturday.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): At the NWCA national duals in Louisville, the Marauders defeated #16 Lindenwood, 33-18; lost to #13 Limestone, 24-18, and lost to #18 Colorado Mines, 28-9. Mary wrestles at Northern Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Bradley Dean): The Tigers won over Northwestern (Iowa), 73-69. Brad did not play in that one. After hosting Dordt last night, DWU goes to Midland Saturday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyote women, ranked No. 22 in the nation last week, destroyed Omaha, 77-44, and are now 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the Summit League. Ciara was 5-of-10 (1-of-2) and 5-of-6 for 16 points with six rebounds and 10 assists. Chloe was 4-of-10 (2-of-5) for 10 points with three boards, an assist and a steal. USD plays at NDSU tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. on MSN2 and hosts SDSU at 1 p.m. Saturday on Midco’s main channel.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): The Vikings swept their weekend NSIC pair of games. In a 69-50 win over Upper Iowa, Aislinn was 3-of-11 (0-for-2) and 1-of-1 for seven points with four rebounds, two assists and a steal. In a 68-51 win over Winona State she was 2-of-3 for four points with two rebounds, one assist and a block. Now 8-6, Augie is home Friday vs. Northern and Saturday vs. MSU-Moorhead.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings beat Northern in a conference dual, 20-14. Jebben did not wrestle in that dual. Augie goes to MSU-Moorhead Saturday.

Texas A&M International women’s basketball (Nate Vogel): Nate’s Dustdevils lost both weekend games, 68-39 to Texas A&M-Commerce and 86-79 to UT-Tyler in double overtime. Now 7-8, TAMIU goes to St. Mary’s (Texas) Thursday and to St. Edward’s (Texas) Saturday.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Racquel Wientjes): The Yellow Jackets defeated Colorado Christian, 68-55, as Racquel was 4-of-15 (0-of-6) and 8-of-8 for 16 points with six rebounds, one assist and three steals. In a 71-59 win over Regis she was 8-of-16 (4-of-7 in threes) and 4-of-4 for 24 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, a block and three steals. Now 9-5, BHSU is home this weekend against UC-Colorado Springs and Colorado Mines. Racquel was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): Thge Wolves defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 97-60, and won in overtime over Bemidji State, 98-92. LIncoln did not play in either game. The Wolves, now 12-4, go to Augustana Friday and to Wayne State Saturday.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jackrabbits won in duals over Northern Iowa,. 25-13, and Wyoming, 17-16. Now 6-3 overall in duals and 3-0 in the Big 12, SDSU hosts Iowa State Friday night.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols swamped Mississippi, 84-28, and defeated Georgia, 73-56. Now 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, Tennessee hosts Florida Thursday and Alabama Monday.


Our last contest of the year is here. Send your two winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Sunday morning:
(1) AFC championship: Tennessee at Kansas City.
(2) NFC championship: Green Bay at San Francisco.
(Both games correct = 10 points; 1 game correct = 6 points.)

In Contest #25, which covered last weekend’s four NFL games and the two college national title games, every contestant picked Baltimore, so nobody got all six right for 10 points. But at 5-1 for 9 points each were Beth Rinehart, Jon Boer, Debra Bollinger, Seb Axtman and Jason Noyes. At 4-2 for 8 points each were Levi Neuharth, David Ludwig, Nathan Vetter, Brian Hunhoff, Chuck Libby, Dawn Magee and Brad Cruse.


— Many of you back home know Lyn Fredericksen, who lived in Pierre/Fort Pierre for many years. The other day she showed up at a rehearsal of the senior-center chorus of which I am the accompanist. She now lives here in Rapid City where she has family members.


“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rules of fools.”

— Plato


Pierre Players has announced the cast for the organization’s next show, “Vanities,” which will be performed Feb. 28-March 1 and March 5-7. Cast members will be Megan (Vockrodt) Bauck, Jennifer Bieser and Amanda Demory.

The next Post 8 baseball fund-raising breakfast will be served at the Legion cabin from 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 18.

Lola Bear Stops, 40, died unexpectedly in Pierre Jan. 6. Services were held Monday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. She is survived by her children, Delta Bear Stops of Yankton; Matea Bear Stops, Frances Bear Stops, Dionne Bear Stops, Daniel Bear Stops, Juanita Bear Stops and Aaron Bear Stops, all of Pierre; two grandchildren; her mother, Juanita Bear Stops of Pierre, and her siblings, Brady Bear Stops of Pierre; Pete Bear Stops of Miller, and Amber Bear Stops, Mark Bear Stops and Wacinhin Waste Win, all of Sioux Falls.

Caleb Gilkerson has announced his candidacy for mayor of Pierre in the June 2 election. The current mayor, Steve Harding, earlier announced he would seek re-election.

The Christmas letter from former Pierre residents Ed and Rhoda Baer of Santa Monica, Calif., revealed that they were snowed in over Thanksgiving—yes, in southern California. Their daughter, Larissa FastHorse, and her husband, Edd Hogan, had surprised the Baers by buying a house in the mountains at Big Bear Lake, a place complete with a downstairs bedroom for the Baers to use when they visit. Two feet of snow up there kept them snowed in on the mountain for a time on Thanksgiving weekend. The place at Big Bear will serve as a permanent studio for Edd and a writing retreat for Larissa. The Baers stay involved at their church but are blessed with grocery deliveries and the services of Uber and Lyft to get around Los Angeles despite their canes, walkers and sometimes wheelchairs. Ed and Rhoda celebrated their 70th anniversary last summer.

Named Athlete of the Week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week were MIkah Moser of the gymnastics team and Trey Lewis of the wrestling team.

Paul “Corky” Bergeson passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 61. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Feigum Funeral Home, concluding with a 6 p.m. prayer service. A celebration of his life will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Corky attended elementary school in Blunt and graduated from Stanley County High School. He married Lisa Etzkorn in 1980. He worked for Fort Pierre Livestock, Bouchie Irrigation, Mike’s Ditching and Thomas Cable Company until joining the Department of Transportation where he worked for nearly 40 years. He is survived by his daughter, Amy Franks and her husband Ryan; his son, John Bergeson and his wife, Brittany; five grandchildren, and his siblings, Monie Bergeson and his wife Mari, Cliff Bergeson and his wife Becki, Linda Richards and her husband Larry, and Lorie Wendell and her husband David, all of Seeley Lake, Mont.

Chris Maxwell and his Maxwell Strategies business will take over the executive directorship of Capital Area United Way.

Mike and Shirleen Fugitt’s annual Christmas poem states that they both will be working during the legislative session again—Shirleen in the House of Representatives and Mike as a sergeant-at-arms. The Fugitts made a Las Vegas trip during the past year, seeing Eagles and Vince Gill shows there; to Colorado for a holiday gathering of Shirleen’s side of the family, and to Oklahoma for a girls’ sightseeing trip.

Mary Gales Askren, who worked as a reporter for the Capital Journal for several years more than 10 years ago and who now is a reporter at the Madison Daily Leader, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. She will begin chemotherapy in two or three weeks.

BankWest announced on Facebook this week that Blake Severyn is now an insurance agent at the Pierre office of the bank. Blake and his wife, Ashley, are both originally from Pierre. They have a son, Owen. Ashley is a pharmacist at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.

Prominent Pierre attorney Bob Hofer passed away at the age of 87 Jan. 9 at Avera Maryhouse. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 7 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Bob was an All-State player on Emery High School’s 1950 state “B” championship team and played basketball and baseball at USD. He served in the U.S. Army. He was Hanson County state’s attorney before moving to Pierre to work in the attorney general’s office. He married Roberta Hartley in 1962. In 1961 Bob joined the Stephens, Riter & Mayer law firm and practiced law for 39 years. During that time he was assistant city attorney and city attorney for more than 30 years. He was a former president of the State Bar of South Dakota. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bobbi Hofer of Pierre; his daughters, Katherine Hofer, Nanette Wittenberg and her husband Greg, and Ann Marie Petersen and her husband Matt, and four granddaughters.

Madie Brink and Michael Lyons earned spots on the fall semester Dean’s List at Presentation College in Aberdeen.

Kristie Maher, who recently announced her resignation as executive director of the South Dakota Discovery Center, will be the new program site director for the GOLD program (Greater Opportunities for Learning and Development) in Fort Pierre. She succeeds Barb Rohrbach, who resigned effective at the end of 2019.

The Christmas letter from the Jim and Rosa Iverson family included a fantastic family photo, not only of the six original Iversons but also a son-in-law, a granddaughter, and a new daughter-in-law. Highlight of 2019 for them all was their trip to Washington, D.C., for Chris Iverson’s wedding to Nino Tabatadze on Sept. 6. A native of the country of Georgia, Nino and her family entertained the Iversons with a full agenda in the capital and an authentic Georgian wedding dinner. Chris works for Plan International, a non-profit organization, and his work takes him to Central America and South America countries. Meanwhile, Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen, a nurse in Watertown, spent a week in August on a medical msision with a local vascular surgeon. Back home her husband Jason kept busy with his heavy machinery, working on landscaping and a retaining wall at their new house. Their daughter, Mia, will be 2 in April. Angie Iverson keeps busy with her Prairie Mermaid Boutique store in downtown Brookings and teaches Spanish at SDSU. J.J. Iverson continues to work as a sales associate for Zimmer Biomet, though out of Watertown instead of Anchorage. He also conducted several football camps for National Football Academies in 2019 and served as offensive coordinator for the Waverly-South Shore football team. Early in 2019 Jim and Rosa spent five weeks in Texas with Jim’s sister and her husband. They stay busy at home in Pierre with frequent trips to Watertown to babysit with their granddaughter.

A white-coat ceremony for Dakota Wesleyan University’s first-year nursing students, denoting their acceptance into the nursing program, was held recently. One of the 23 students so honored was Talisa Smith of Pierre.

Meanwhile, at SDSU the white-coat ceremony for that school’s first-year nursing students included Marinda Archer of Onida.

Rob and Sheri Anderson’s Christmas letter revealed that the Andersons had a happily uneventful 2019. Their son Cash is in his second year of law school at USD and worked last summer as a legal intern at the attorney general’s office. Rob continues law practice at the May Adam firm, and Sheri continues her work at the Supreme Court. Last summer Rob and Sheri received the Marshall McKusick Award for meritorious service from the USD law school.

Among the honorees as Coach of the Year in South Dakota’s fall sports was Steve Steele of the Pierre football team.

Elette (McMullen) Crain died at age 64 on Jan. 9. A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the school gym in Harrold. Elette grew up in Blunt and graduated from Sully Buttes High School in 1975. She raised her four children and two stepchildren in Gettysburg. Among the many places where she worked there was the Potter County News. Elette lived for a time in Keystone, then returned to Blunt in 2008. She is survived by her husband, John Crain of Blunt; her stepmother, Billie McMullen of Blunt; her mother-in-law, Marianne Crain of Pierre; her daughters, Heather Elsen of Aberdeen and LaCrista Ackerman of Groton; her sons, Ryan Osterkamp of Fish Creek, Wis., and Shane Osterkamp of Blunt; her stepdaughters, Brandy Scheller of Clear Lake, Catanna Crain of Harrold and Christina Smith of Miller; her stepsons, Derrick Scheller of Aberdeen and Billy Crain of Harrold; 26 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her former husband, Jon Scheller; her parents, Walter and Fran McMullen; and her sister and brother-in-law, Leonda and Billy Wright.

Travis and Lauren Scharnweber of Laveen, Ariz., are the parents of a daughter Ruth Ann. She was born Jan. 6, weighing six pounds and measuring 19 inches. Their son, Victor, will be 3 in February.

Small World Dept.: As Bob and Laurie Gill were walking along the beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, someone yelled Laurie’s name. It proved to be fellow Pierre residents Steve and Peggy Stout.

Isn’t it amazing what one can do when not tied down to a teaching job for the first time since the 1970s! Jay and Bev Mickelson took advantage of Jay’s retirement from Riggs High last spring by celebrating his retirement with a graduation concert a day after commencement last May, a 71st birthday party for Jay and a new pull-behind camper. They celebrated their 45th anniversary in the Black Hills with a cousin and her husband who were married in Norway on exactly the same day Jay and Bev were married in 1974. The Mickelsons spent a week in Portland seeing nature’s sights nearby and attending two of Allison’s shows. They enjoyed granddaughter Aubree’s baptism in Aberdeen (she was born during a blizzard last March), and Jay and Allison flew to New York and Washington. At the latter city Allison performed at the Kennedy Center with friend Tituss Burgess. Jay and Bev were camping in the Black Hills about the time school started so he didn’t have time to become too nostalgic about missing the reopening of school. Later in the fall they checked off a bucket-list item by cruising from Quebec City down the St. Lawrence River and around to New England and New York City. They saw “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish and “Come From Away” and attended “Madame Butterfly” at the Metropolitan Opera. In November they went down to Colorado Springs to see Allison in “Tiny Beautiful Things.” Their son Drew and his family live on a farm near Aberdeen, so Jay and Bev enjoy going up there and back. Grandson Taylor was 3 during 2019.

Morgan Oedekoven has been named Warrior of the Month at Riggs High School, especially for her work with the Gov-to-Gov program. The award is sponsored by the South Dakota Army National Guard.

Children’s librarian Pat Weeldreyer, who has spent 35 years at Rawlins Library, is retiring. A retirement open house in her honor will take place at the library from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

Clyde Jundt, 84, died Jan. 8 at Avera Maryhouse. A celebration of his life was held Monday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Clyde grew up at Eureka and graduated from the School of Mines and Technology in 1957. He and Elaine Wolff were married in 1955 and were married for more than 62 years. Clyde was first hired as a bridge engineer with the Department of Transportation in Pierre. He served two stints with the U.S. Army. He retired in 1994 as chief bridge engineer. One of the highlights of his career was designing the Keystone Wye bridges in the Black Hills. He is survived by his son, Darrell Jundt of Derby, Kan.; his daughters, Debra Bakeberg and her husband Alan of Pierre, Sharie Novak and her husband Pat of New Ulm, Minn., and Mary Scott and her husband Mike of Aberdeen; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Dwight Jundt of Sundance, Wyo.

A prominent place on Dave and Denette Becker’s Christmas card was occupied by a photo of their first grandchild, Taylor and LaTora Becker’s daughter, Maleah Joy, who was born Oct. 15. LaTora is working part-time as a pediatric nurse, and Taylor is pharmacist at the Avera dermatology clinic in Sioux Falls. Back home Dave manages the business side of the eye clinic where Denette continues to work as a part-time optometrist. Denette enjoys time as a new grandmother and appreciates the chance to help out her parents, the Eisnachs, both of whom continue to battle cancer. Tanna Becker works as an adoption coordinator for Hughes Law Firm in Sioux Falls. Kaylee is a sophomore at SDSU, Frank a freshman at Black Hills State and Vick a sophomore at Riggs High. All of the Beckers continue involvement in church-related organizations and ministries at home and at school.

The fall semester Dean’s List at Dakota Wesleyan University includes Lukas Chase, Jerika Mennenger, Elena Svingen and Davis Anderson.

Andrea Thompson, former Pierre resident and the daughter of Jim Thompson and Georgia (Nelson) Hansen, has been named associate dean for governmental and external relationships at Dakota State University in Madison. It is a part-time temporary position to be completed in June. Andrea spent more than 25 years in military service. She is a former Undersecretary of State for arms control and international security.

Dennis and Joyce Williams spent Christmas in Utah with Chris, his wife Laura, their 5-year-old son and their 3-year-old triplets. Chris’ family had tried coming home for Thanksgiving but were turned back at the Wyoming border because I-80 was closed all the way across Wyoming. Dennis and Joyce went to Utah from Sioux Falls where they had an early Christmas get-together with John and Laura and their two girls. Joining them were daughter Marie and her family, who went on to visit their older son in Springfield, Mo., where he is an air traffic controller. Earlier in December Dennis and Joyce were in Mankato for a grandson’s hockey game and a granddaughter’s Christmas program. Paul and his wife Christie’s older daughter was also there.

Onida native Doug Hyde, the oldest of the 10 children of the late Russell and Wava Hyde, passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 85. Services were held Wednesday in Gillette, Wyo., where he had lived for 40 years. A graduate of Onida High School in 1953, Doug and the former Michaela Olson were married for 67 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their four children, Mike Hyde, Gwen Molder and her husband Robert, Lynn Hyde and his wife Denise, and Curtis Hyde and his wife Pamela; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and six siblings, Delite Klinkhammer, Darwin Hyde and his wife Kay, David Hyde, Darrell Hyde and his wife Darla, Craig Hyde and his wife Peggy, and Cynthia Niemi and her husband John. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents and three siblings, Dallas Hyde, LeRoy Hyde and Sharon Maroney.

Nathan Chicoine has become a partner in the DeMersseman, Jensen, Tellinghuisen and Huffman law firm in Rapid City where he has worked since July 2018. Prior to moving down the street to that firm, Nathan practiced law for four years with the Gunderson Palmer firm in Rapid City.


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